Students with the French language board were back last week, now thousands of elementary and high school students with public and Catholic boards in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario return to the classroom today. Area police forces will have extra officers on hand to keep an eye out for aggressive drivers. Police urge motorists to reduce their speed in school zones and to be prepared to stop at any moment. Students are being reminded to stay on the sidewalks and to only cross the road at intersections and special school crossing zones. A reminder that failing to stop for a school bus with its lights flashing carries a fine between $400 and $2000 plus six demerit points for a first offence.
The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) will focus on school bus/school zone safety and vehicle occupant restraint for the entire month of September. Between 2012 and 2016, there were 839 collisions resulting in 176 injuries involving school buses or occurring in school zones. (local files, OPS news release)
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